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Florida education news: class size, school taxes, oil spill impact and more



classcrowd_132674a.jpgTOO MUCH: The Pinellas School Board  and Hernando School Board join a lawsuit contending that new penalties for failing to meet class size are too punitive. (Times file photo)

NO MORE: Some Hillsborough parents complain about a proposal to establish more half-days through the school year.

0.25 MILLS: Pasco says yes to the critical operating needs special tax. • Polk officials say layoffs should come first, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

RATIONAL THOUGHT: Making Florida's class-size amendment more flexible for schools is a sensible solution, the Times editorializes. • Meanwhile, Seminole school officials say they're bracing for class-size chaos as they aim to meet the mandate, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

FINALIST AGAIN: Florida has another chance to win a portion of the Race to the Top grant, the Miami Herald reports.

COMMON CORE: Florida joins the national standards movement, the Palm Beach Post reports.

OIL IMPACT: Education commissioner Eric J. Smith heads to the Panhandle to offer help to school districts and families that suffer economic woes from the BP oil gusher in the Gulf, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

FCAT DELAYS: Continued problems with the spring FCAT results leave Marion educators in a bind when it comes to planning for the new school year, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

WE WILL SURVIVE: Bradenton Preparatory Academy's leaders vow to reopen the school, which fell into foreclosure, the Bradenton Herald reports.

NOT REQUIRED: With families struggling, Lee schools stress that their supply lists are not mandatory, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

WHO PAYS? The Florida Legislature continues to put more of the burden of funding schools on local taxpayers, the Herald-Tribune reports.


[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 4:58pm]


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